Dear Friends and Colleagues:
For more than 30 years, North Carolina has set the pace for national Research and Education networking by leveraging the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). NCREN provides true high performance broadband connectivity for anchor institutions in K20 public and private education, non-profit healthcare, public safety, the North Carolina judicial branch of government and federal, state and private research institutions. Each year we recognize and celebrate progress and achievements from all over the NCREN community with our annual NCREN Community Day. This year’s event is very special for NCREN, with the completion of our statewide fiber network project! Given this, our theme this year is “The Connected State”.
With the completion of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and significant matching funds from private donations and investments including a $24 million investment from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $10 million from the MCNC Endowment), NCREN and its community face a great opportunity to expand connections and grow to meet the bandwidth needs of our constituents. This new infrastructure affordably and effectively removes the historic bandwidth restraints and connection barriers the community has seen in the past. So now it is time to get connected in the Connected State!
I would like to cordially invite you to participate in this year’s event on Thursday and Friday, November 21 - 22, 2013 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the NC State University campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year, as in the past, we continue to involve our constituents in hosting the NCREN Community Day. The Hunt Library, which opened its doors in January of 2013, provides an outstanding contemporary environment for NCREN Community Day 2013. Located on the beautiful Centennial Campus, the Hunt Library offers a unique conference experience. We are grateful that NC State will host NCREN Community Day.
NCREN was one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks and has been the foundation for accelerating innovation, provide cutting-edge infrastructure to give tremendous potential for education and commerce, and increasing the economic vitality of the state.
This year, the Connected State theme will become the catalyst to think out of the box on expanding networks, bandwidth, and the horizons of our research teams! We will also follow our tradition of recognizing members of the NCREN community with our annual awards – the Robyn Render Endeavor Award, the Empower Award, and the Community Choice Award.
I truly hope you will join us in November.
Senior Director of NCREN Community Support